So many posts on Facebook for the past couple days on what certain people are giving up. And I don’t understand half of them, here’s why.
It’s not just about giving something up for God for forty days. I mean, that’s part of the reason, but anybody could give up anything temporarily. The point of it is to give up something that you’re passionate about, something that you want to actually change about yourself for the better. For good. Not just for forty days.
Like, I saw a post that said, should I give up meat, or Facebook for Lent? And it’s like. Why? Haha, like what is the point? The point is to make a permanent difference in yourself, to make a change. Maybe if you were like Jesus and were going to die after forty days, giving up something for the last forty days of your life would be pretty significant. But after it’s over, you’re just going to keep on living as you had. I guess some people just don’t see the true meaning behind Lent. (Of course, the true meaning behind Lent would be remembering how Jesus spent those forty days in the desert, but ya know, whatever, this is almost as meaningful).
What I’m giving up? Something kind of personal, and then swearing. I swear too darn much, and I miss the times where my heart jumped when I accidentally said a bad word. Now it’s daily, and I say things like they’re nothing anymore, and I don’t like it. So hopefully I can do this, and it’ll last much more than these forty days.
And it’s like, this could go for anyone, not just Catholics, or even just Christians. Take this as an opportunity for change, giving something up temporarily, then eventually for good, once you’ve struggled that long without a certain thing. You don’t have to just do it for God, do it for yourself. You don’t even have to believe in God, just make a change for yourself.
“If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and make a change.”